I have been feeding my puppies 3 times a day. They are almost 8 and 9 months old now. The Maltese weighs about 3-4 pounds and the Chihuahua probably 6 pounds.
I am wondering if they need to eat 3 times a day, or should I move it to twice a day. Do they get hungry for meals 3 times a day?
The reason I ask, is that very rarely I can't get home to feed them at noon, so I leave the automatic feeder. The problem is that I am 95% sure the little boy is eating both portions, and it's the girl that really needs the food, since she is a very poor eater, with colitis. I will be able to feed them every day at noon for the next few months if I have to, but I wasn't sure if they need it. Otherwise I will just spend the time playing with them.
The second question is, how do I know if they are cold, and how much clothing they need to wear when we go out in the winter. I have been dressing them in layers-like a sweatshirt and fleece sweater over it in 40-50 degree weather, but now that winter is coming, do they need more clothing? How much is enough? should they wear the amount of layers I'm wearing?
I'm paranoid about the cold, lol- I can't help myself ;)
and today I was wondering if the Chihuahua's ears will get too cold, and if it's safe to go out at all(earmuffs?)
OK- I worry way too much :) You can tell I never had pets before! On the day I brought them home, it was about 90 degrees outside, and I stopped every 5 minutes to give them water because I thought they would dehydrate ;)
I'm by no means any type of expert but I'd think they're old enough to be fed twice a day. That's whay mine are on and they're 17 and 4 months and they are in no way lacking if you know what I mean lol...about the cold thing, honestly if it's just outside for a quick potty break I wouldn't even worry about it as it takes about twice that amount of time to get them ready and you don't want them to wear their outdoor gear in the house just like you don't want kids to because they'll be colder, so in my opinion unless you're going out for a walk or for awhile then I wouldn't even worry about it.
The best way to make sure both dogs are getting what they should to eat, is to stand there and watch them. I have to do that with mine because I have 3 or 4 bullies who will try and eat everyone else's.They are probably not eating a huge amount, as that size of dog; so it won't take long to watch.I would still free feed, but only for a few more months, and then cut it back to twice a day.Where do you live? Just wondering about the cold factor. Good luck.
The best way to make sure they are eating there own food, is to feed them in separate crates. I feed all of my dogs separately. Then I know exactly who ate how much. You don't have to leave them in the crates, just when you get up in the AM and have taken them out to potty, then bring them in and pop them and there food into there separate crates, right before you leave for work, let them out and take them potty again. And then you are set until the evening to repeat the process.
My dogs go outside when it is below zero without coats on. But they are bigger than your dogs and have good double coats naturally.
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My puppies go to the bathroom on wee wee pads, so I don't walk them. I was hoping to train them to go outside, but now it's getting cold so I can't do it.
When I go out with them, it's typically for at least an hour, but usually 3 to 5 hours. That's why I worry about them getting cold. I live in NY, so the winters are probably 10-20 degrees.
The food issue: the little girl has major food problems, and has always refused to eat. I think she has colitis, but has not been formally diagnosed since I don't want her to have a colonoscopy.
Since she always refused to eat, I didn't have the time to sit and wait for her to eat, and the boy eats any food left out, I had to start hand feeding her. I know it's a bad habit to form, but there really was no option. She was 2.5 pounds and going entire days refusing food. This way he gets his food, and she gets her special Hill's prescription z/d that I hand feed her.
It's typically not a problem for breakfast and dinner, since I'm always around to watch them eat. He eats at one end of the playpen, and I feed her at the other end.
The reason I bring up the issue about cutting out lunch is that, I can't tell if the boy needs 3 meals, since he never refuses food, he will eat and eat and eat to no end. The little girl, I believe, has not been eating lunch during much of November anyway, since I was not able to get home for lunch some days and I left cottage cheese in an automatic feeder. I'm sure the boy ate all of it, so she was essentially eating twice a day anyway. If they don't need lunch, I'd rather just cut it, since feeding them is so much drama. I shouldn't have to use the automatic feeder again for at least a few months, regardless.
I just don't want them feeling hungry and wondering where the food is. that's why I ask if little pups need 3 meals a day.
I potty trained two puppies during winters in upstate NY. There is no reason you can't take them outside to potty. Leave boots by the door and a robe or jacket to put on. They'll be fine, they won't freeze. Peeing inside on potty pads is just disgusting IMO, and if you dont train them to go outside now, they never will.
And I'd say 2x a day is fine. And believe me, the girl wont starve herself. I'd really break the hand feeding habit if I were you. Crate him when he's done eating so he doens't get hers if you have to.